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S5W-20209: Ruth Maguire (Cunninghame South)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 27 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government when its new drug and alcohol strategy will be published.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 28 November 2018

I will be publishing the Scottish Government’s new drug and alcohol strategy Rights, Respect and Recovery, on Wednesday 28 November.

The document is the overarching strategy for prevention and treatment of alcohol and drugs and sets out how we intend to prevent and reduce alcohol and drug use, harm and related deaths.

Sitting alongside the Alcohol Framework for preventing harm which was published last week (20 November), this document describes how we will achieve our vision which is to have a country where individuals, families and communities:

  • Have the right to health and life – free from the harms of alcohol and drugs
  • Are treated with dignity and respect
  • And are fully supported within communities to find their own type of recovery

The strategy contains a number of high level commitments and we will work with partners to coproduce a clear action plan and review progress on a regular basis.

The strategy will be available at